Oklahoma City, OK | May. 24, 2018
Field Aerospace has secured a contract with an undisclosed customer to complete the initial design phase to modify a Gulfstream GIV-SP aircraft into an airborne test platform, which could lead to additional contracts to perform two subsequent phases.
Field Aerospace won the Phase I initial design contract through a competitive bid for the three-phase program. Phase II is the critical design stage and Phase III is the fabrication, installation, testing and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
During the performance period that begins in the spring, Field Aerospace’s engineering team will design a solution to convert the GIV-SP aircraft from a corporate transport into an aircraft capable of safely performing a variety of scientific investigations, as well as system verification and validation in an airborne environment.
For the initial design phase, Field Aerospace will design many exterior and interior mechanical and electrical modifications which incorporate various sensors and mission systems, using an adaptable architecture which allows the addition of new capabilities in the future.
“This program represents a unique opportunity that allows Field Aerospace to further develop a relationship that was started with our customer many years ago on a previous airborne test platform, and utilizes our expert skill set to produce another very versatile research platform,” said John Taylor, vice president and general manager of Field Aerospace’s Oklahoma City location. “We are confident that our initial design will lead to securing the next two phases, which are within our core capabilities.”
Field Aerospace is a U.S. SBA qualified small business operating in the U.S. (Field Aerospace) and Canada (Field Aviation). For more than 70 years, Field has been making ordinary aircraft extraordinary for commercial and military customers all over the world. Field is recognized as an industry leader in the design, integration, manufacture, installation, flight test, and certification of interior and exterior modifications and avionics upgrade programs. Field offers aviation related contractor logistics support and program management office support to the U.S. military; Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) modifications for special mission and maritime applications; aerospace parts manufacturing and subassembly services; and is a North American award-winning avionics equipment dealer and authorized service center.